Greenport Garden Club Offers Free Program to Hudson Area Youth at Library

The library, in collaboration with the Greenport Garden Club, is pleased to present a youth workshop, Planting, Growing & Composting for Young Gardeners on Sunday, April 8, 2-3pm.  There will be hands-on activities in which young people ages 6 – 10 years old will plant seeds and cuttings, and exploring the importance of composting.

Registration is limited to 15. Please register in advance by emailing programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, calling 518.828.1792 x101, or visiting the main desk in the library. This program is free and all materials will be provided to participants.

This event is free and open to the public. It will take place in the community room, which is wheelchair accessible.

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Family Program: Mealtimes & Early Literacy with Kathy Mabb & Chef Nicole LoBue

Nicole LoBue teaching a teen & senior cooking library program.

The library and The Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood’s High Five! program Saturday, April 7, 11am–1pm will feature Chef Nicole LoBue and our facilitator Kathy Mabb. Nicole and Kathy will read to the children and their families during Story Hour, there will be a parent discussion on using mealtime to develop children’s reading skills, and then parents and children will make a salad together under Chef LoBue’s direction.  Continue reading

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Cookie Decorating Workshop for Children + Grandparents

In collaboration with the City of Hudson Senior Center we are excited to co-present a cookie workshop for children and their grandparents Wednesday, March 28 from 3:30 -4:30pm

Kathy Parchuck, children’s library assistant teams up with culinary artist Theresa Corrigan, proud grandmother of eight and former student of the Culinary Institute of America. Theresa will share her icing techniques and whimsical style to help you and the little ones turn sugar cookies into edible works of art. While this program focuses on grandparents and grandchildren, families in general are warmly invited. Continue reading

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High Five! Heads to Greenport Conservation Area

The library and The Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood’s High Five! program Saturday, April 21, 11am – 1pm features a trip to the Greenport Conservation Area with nature educator Heidi Bock, program facilitator Kathy Mabb and outreach and recruitment person Savoia Jones. Families should meet at the library. Transportation is available to the library if needed and there will transportation to the conservation area. Heidi will be leading a nature walk and nature activities for the children and their caregivers while Kathy and Savoia will discuss how these activities develop reading skills in children.

To register for High Five!, email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518-828-1792 x101, or stop by the desk at the Hudson Area Library. This program is free and open to all families with children five and under (older siblings are also welcome to attend), and is wheelchair accessible. Continue reading

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Tween Advisory Council Saturday Matinee

Hudson Area Library’s Tween Advisory Council, is a new committee made up of youth (ages 8-12) who take on a leadership role in creating and hosting library events and workshops for their peers.

The council is pleased to announce their first event: A free screening of 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 4:30pm in the library’s community room. The council will also be providing free popcorn, treats and door prizes! This event is open to tween and teens in the community.

For more information: please email youth@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792

 

 

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New Sunday Storytelling Program for Children & Families Begins February 11

Pamela Badila of Diata Diata

As part of our expansion for 2018, we are proud to offer “Folktales & Stories for Children & Families” with Pamela Badila, Sundays, 1-2pm beginning February 11.

During our new Sunday hours, Mrs. Badila will present folktales from around the world to children and their families. This special story hour will give families the opportunity to explore stories, told through generations, that formed the traditions and ethics of particular cultures.

Pamela is best known as the matriarch of the Badila clan and co-founder, with her late husband Elombe, of the Diata Diata International Folkloric Theatre. This community theatre company is known for their percussion ensemble, featured annually at the Hudson Winter Walk event and many others in the Northeast. Pamela writes and produces for Diata Diata, and for many years has brought people together through the power of stories. She looks forward to this new adventure!

This program is free and open to the public and take place in the library’s Community Room and children’s area. The library is wheelchair accessible and strollers are welcome.

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Frederick Douglass Was Born (02/14/1818): A Family Program

We will be celebrating the 200th anniversary of the chosen birthday of Frederick Douglass (born an enslaved person he did not know the actual date of his birth) with a cultural and literary presentation for ages 7 – 12 and their families on Wednesday, February 14, 3:30-4:30pm. Frederick Douglass Was Born! features Elena Mosley, executive director of Operation Unite NY, who will present readings and fun activities of the life of Frederick Douglass. There will also be a specially decorated cake in honor of Mr. Douglass, who taught himself to read, escaped from slavery, and spent his life speaking on behalf of abolition and women’s rights.

Elena Mosley is an educator, dancer, registered nurse, and a lover of history. As a mom, she exposed her children to their family history as well as the history of African Americans. This event is geared toward children honoring a famous quote by Mr. Douglass: “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” This day coincides with Valentine’s Day and enables participants to show their love for our American history and a man who helped make our union more perfect.

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Movement & Music for Little Ones & Families

 

As part of expanded programming in 2018, We are proud to offer Movement & Music for Little Ones & Families, Tuesdays, 10 – 11am beginning January 9. In Movement & Music musician Abby Lappen will present movement and songs for children as part of a special Story Hour in the Community Room. Families can learn how to use song and movement to help develop children’s pre-reading and reading skills. Continue reading

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